The future of David de Gea has been a dark cloud looming over Old Trafford all summer.
The will he, wont he saga has dragged on all summer, with Real Madrid trying to force through a move for the Spanish stopper, but Manchester United have held firm in their valuation of the goalkeeper.
The 24-year-old was left out of United's match day squad for the opening day win over Tottenham Hotspur, and Louis van Gaal has confirmed the goalkeeper will sit out Friday nights trip to Aston Villa as uncertainty over his future continues.
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Speaking to the media ahead of tomorrows game, as per the Mirror, Van Gaal said: “De Gea still has the same problem.
“There’s no difference. The transfer period is still open and he [De Gea] has still the same problem.”
ROMERO CAN CEMENT HIS PLACE AS NUMBER ONE
Van Gaal obviously feels De Gea is not in the right frame of mind to start a Premier League game, and will resume with Argentinian Sergio Romero between the sticks.
The former Sampdoria man produced a couple of important saves to preserve United's lead against Spurs, and could go some way to cementing his place as the new number one at Old Trafford.
The 28-year-old impressed central defender Chris Smalling on his debut and could make life dificult for De Gea should the Spaniard remain in Manchester.
There is no question De Gea is the better goalkeeper, but with the latest talk from being claiming the club will hold off on a deal for De Gea this summer, the Spaniard could find himself parked on the bench once the transfer window slams shut should Romero continue to impress.